2019 Nome Iditarod Race Finish Tour
4-Day Nome Iditarod Finish Tour
- Watch the mushers and their dog teams come along the Bering Sea and down Front Street, Nome.
- Photographer/Guide will accompany you on this tour.
- Visit dog kennel and go on dog sled ride.
- Historic Tour of Nome with Nome's Mayor Richard Beneville.
- Stand by the historic burl arch as the winning musher crosses the finish line.
- Opportunity for Northern Lights viewing (weather permitting)
On this tour you will fly from Anchorage to Nome for the finish of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Located on the edge of the Bering Sea on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula, Nome is a vital hub for Northwest Alaska. The Three Lucky Swedes discovered placer gold in Anvil Creek in 1898 and the gold rush was on. In 1899 the population of Nome swelled from a handful to 28,000. Today our population is 3,500 and there is still some gold mining happening.
Every year in March, Nome hosts the finish of one of the toughest sled dog races in the world. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,049 mile trek through some of the most extreme wilderness in the nation. During the finish of the race Nome's population grows by approximately 1,000 people and turns Nome into what people everywhere warmly refer to as the "Mardi Gras of the North". With hundreds of events to participate in and the ability to rub elbows with some of the most notorious names in the dog mushing industry, the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome is an event not to be missed.
In Nome, you will have a chance to experience the Inupiaq Eskimo lifestyle and culture. We will travel along the frozen coastline and surrounding snow covered hills by snowcat to the Safety checkpoint, an experience you won't want to miss. We will stand at the finish line when the Iditarod Champion comes up the chute and cheer the other mushers as the make their way into Nome over the days. If weather permits, we will spend time watching the northern lights and we will hopefully see them as we wait for mushers to arrive at the finish line.
Nome Iditarod Finish Tour Itinerary - 4 Days
Arrive in Anchorage: Arrive in Anchorage at your leisure. We recommend the following hotels for your stay, the Courtyard by Marriott or the Springhill Suites as they offer complementary transportation between the airport and the hotel. Rest of the day is open for activities of your choice. Let us know if you want us to book your hotel rooms.
March 11: Anchorage to Nome: This morning we meet the group at the Anchorage airport for a (10:00am) morning flight to Nome. Please make arrangements with your hotel for transfer to the Ted Stevens Airport. Upon arrival in Nome, we will check into our accommodations in Nome and later this morning we will explore the many sights of this Inupiaq community. We will explore this city and learn more about the rich history of this 1900's gold rush town and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. At night, we will head out of town for opportunities to see the northern lights. Nome can provide some outstanding northern lights viewing and we can help you with your photography. Overnight in Nome.
March 12: Nome: This morning we will head for Front Street to witness the finish of the Iditarod and the crowning of the 2018 Iditarod Race Champion. We will watch and cheer on our favorite mushers as they cross under the famous burl arch. In the afternoon, we will take a snow-machine tour to Anvil Mountain. You will see amazing views from here including the town of Nome and Norton Sound. Make sure you bring your camera. On this trip we will have opportunities to view wildlife and gold rush landmarks across a beautiful and wild landscape. Muskox sightings on this trip are very common. We will be traveling along the last stretch of frozen wilderness that mushers competing in this event take on their home stretch to the finish line in Nome. Along the way, we will make stops to see the mushers on their way to the finish line Overnight in Nome.
March 13: Nome: Today it is time to explore Nome and the surrounding area and get a taste of the Inupiaq Eskimo culture and lifestyle. Get to know the deep knowledge of the area's cultures and history. Seeing Nome on a guided tour is a truly authentic local experience you won't want to miss. Driving around, you'll absorb the historic flavor of this city's 100 years along with thousands of years of Eskimo history. You'll visit the port, the cemetery, tour through town, and take a drive along the waterfront to view old gold dredge equipment. Overnight in Nome.
March 14: Nome to Anchorage: This morning we will watch as more mushers arrive in Nome. In the afternoon, we bid farewell to Nome and to the Iditarod. We will depart Nome this evening (8pm) for our way back to Anchorage. We recommend that you book departing flights from Anchorage after 11:00pm. Let us know if you need to book hotel for this evening in Anchorage.
ABOUT THIS TOUR: Adventure travel is exactly is as its name implies, an adventure! Although every attempt is made to adhere to these itineraries, participants need to acknowledge and willingly accept the unexpected route and itinerary changes due to factors beyond our control. Aurora viewing is subject to weather conditions and solar activity and its not guaranteed. Some activities are subject to change when temperatures are below -30°F.
WHAT IS INCLUDED & WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Transportation in Nome, lodging in Nome, hotel transfers and baggage handling and meals as indicated on the itinerary. All rates are per person in U.S. dollars based on shared occupancy. Single supplement is $975 for this tour. Tour does not include Alaska taxes, air transportation to and from Anchorage or Nome, meals or any optional tours, liquor, items of personal nature. Please call us prior to booking your flights to Nome so that we can recommend the best flights to book for Nome.
ALASKA AIR LINES BOOKING INFORMATION: Air transportation between Anchorage and Nome is provided by Alaska Airlines. You should plan ahead and book your flight to Nome as soon as possible as these flights often sell out months in advance. We recommend a morning departure from Anchorage (flight #151 that departs at 10am). Return flight is flight #153 which departs Nome at 8:15pm. To book your flights, please click the button below.
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WINTER GEAR RENTAL: Anyone visiting Alaska in the winter time should bring a warm hat, gloves, neck scarf, and a heavy coat. Layering is the best way to keep warm in Alaska. A light weight thermal with a fleece and a loose fitting jacket is recommended. Please refer to our "What to Wear Winter Guide" by clicking the link below. In Anchorage, 6th Avenue Outfitters rents insulated snow type pants, parkas with hoods, and boots. We do not guarantee availability or sizing. There are no reservations on garments and it is first come-first serve. Please call 6th Avenue Outfitters for availability.
2019 Tour Cost
TOUR DATES: March 11 - 14, 2019
TOUR COST: $3,195 per person/double occupancy.
CANCELLATION POLICY: A MasterCard or Visa is required to make your reservation online. We require $1,000/person non-refundable deposit to book this tour. Your card will be charged for the deposit when you book your trip. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance.